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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.96 / 4.00 Maureen King
Senior Director of Campus Dining
Campus Dining
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
24

A copy of an inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
An inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (food and beverage expenditures for on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending services, or concessions)?:
No

Percentage of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending services, and concessions food and beverage purchases that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
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A copy of an inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

Vassar’s efforts to increase the percentage of seasonal, locally grown and produced foods used in the dining halls began in 2002. Today, 24% of Vassar’s purchases are local and community-based, and/or third party-verified sustainable, including fruits and vegetables from local growers, hormone-free dairy products from local dairies, cage-free eggs, and sustainable seafood.

There is a monthly Local Foods Night in the All Campus Dining Center, celebrating the bounty of the Hudson Valley.
Vassar also hosts its very own weekly indoor farmers’ market from November to May, featuring twelve local vendors selling bread, produce, apples, pastries, meat, cheese, eggs, jam, pasta and pickled goods.

Campus Dining has removed all trays from the All College Dining Center. Research has shown that trayless dining saves thousands of gallons of water, saves energy, and lessens food waste.


A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory sustainable food and beverage purchases:

Manually track purchases using Excel spreadsheets and conduct research to confirm supplier claims of local and community-based production and/or third party verification.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
1,960,730 US/Canadian $

Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the total food and beverage expenditure figures?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Franchises No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services No No
Concessions No No

Has the institution achieved the following?:
Yes or No
Fair Trade Campus, College or University status No
Certification under the Green Seal Standard for Restaurants and Food Services (GS-46) No
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification No
Signatory of the Real Food Campus Commitment (U.S.) No

A brief description of other sustainable restaurant and food service standards that the institution’s dining services operations are certified under:

N/A


The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.